Navigation Links
Dartmouth neuroscientist finds free will has neural basis
Date:3/1/2013

A new theory of brain function by Peter Ulric Tse, a professor of cognitive neuroscience at Dartmouth College, suggests that free will is real and has a biophysical basis in the microscopic workings of our brain cells.

Tse's findings, which contradict recent claims by neuroscientists and philosophers that free will is an illusion, have theological, ethical, scientific and legal implications for human behavior, such as whether people are accountable for their decisions and actions.

His book shows how free will works in the brain by examining its information-processing architecture at the level of neural connections. He offers a testable hypothesis of how the mental causes the physical. In contrast with philosophers who use logic rather than data to argue whether mental causation or consciousness can exist, he explores these issues by starting with neuroscientific data.

Recent neurophysiological breakthroughs reveal that neurons evaluate information they receive, which can change the way that other neurons will evaluate information and "fire" in the future. Tse's research shows that such informational causation cannot change the physical basis of current information, but it can change the neuronal basis of future mental events. This gets around the standard argument against free will that is based on the impossibility of self-causation.

Tse lays out his argument in his new book titled "The Neural Basis of Free Will" -- https://mitpress.mit.edu/books/neural-basis-free-will


'/>"/>

Contact: John Cramer
john.d.cramer@dartmouth.edu
603-646-9130
Dartmouth College
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1

Related biology news :

1. Dartmouth research offers new control strategies for bipolar bark beetles
2. Mercury releases contaminate ocean fish: Dartmouth-led effort publishes major findings
3. Dartmouth research: The clocks are ticking and the climate is changing
4. Science stars head to Dartmouth for the E.E. Just Symposium
5. Dartmouth research imparts momentum to mobile health
6. Dartmouth researchers are learning how exercise affects the brain
7. Dartmouth scientists track radioactive iodine from Japan nuclear reactor meltdown
8. UCI neuroscientists create fiber-optic method of arresting epileptic seizures
9. Neuroscientists prove ultrasound can be tweaked to stimulate different sensations
10. Government Emerges As the Biggest Spender on Biometrics in the SEA and ANZ Markets, Finds Frost & Sullivan
11. Study finds maize in diets of people in coastal Peru dates to 5,000 years ago
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:3/31/2016)... RATON, Florida , March 31, 2016 ... LEGX ) ("LegacyXChange" or the "Company") ... for potential users of its soon to be launched ... video ( https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyTLBzmZogV1y2D6bDkBX5g ) will also provide ... the use of DNA technology to an industry that ...
(Date:3/23/2016)... , March 23, 2016 ... erhöhter Sicherheit Gesichts- und Stimmerkennung mit Passwörtern ... (NASDAQ: MESG ), ein führender ... das Unternehmen mit SpeechPro zusammenarbeitet, um erstmals ... Finanzdienstleistungsbranche, wird die Möglichkeit angeboten, im Rahmen ...
(Date:3/21/2016)... , March 22, 2016 ... recognition with passcodes for superior security   ... a leading provider of secure digital communications services, today ... biometric technology and offer enterprise customers, particularly those in ... facial recognition and voice authentication within a mobile app, ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:5/26/2016)... -- Despite the volatility that continues to envelop ... pre-market research on ActiveWallSt.com directs the investor community,s focus on ... RDUS ), Cerus Corp. (NASDAQ: CERS ), Arrowhead ... Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: FPRX ). Register with us ... http://www.activewallst.com/ On Wednesday, shares in ...
(Date:5/25/2016)... ... May 25, 2016 , ... Thailand’s Board of Investment’s New ... San Francisco. Located at booth number 7301, representatives from the Thai Government, research ... the Thai biotechnology and life sciences sector. , Deputy Secretary General of ...
(Date:5/25/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... May 25, 2016 , ... WEDI, the ... information exchange, today announced that Charles W. Stellar has been named by the WEDI ... CEO since January 2016. As an executive leader with more than 35 years of ...
(Date:5/24/2016)... CA (PRWEB) , ... May 24, 2016 , ... Last ... planning for corporate executives and entrepreneurs, held The Future of San Diego Life Science ... the San Diego life science community attended the event with speakers Dr. Rich Heyman, ...
Breaking Biology Technology: